Joseph Andrew Dill

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Joseph Andrew Dill

January 14, 1944 - September 06, 2018

Joseph "Joe" Andrew Dill, 74, passed on to his Lord on September 6, 2018 at his home. Born January 14, 1944 in Hollsopple, PA, Joe was the seventh child of Joseph and Anna Dill. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Dorthy, brother, Kevin, and nieces Patricia, Nancy, and Deborah Hansen. Joe is survived by his sisters Mary Hansen (Valparaiso, FL), Joanne Felix (California, MD), Helen Rullo and Ann Schossler (both in Johnstown, PA), his brothers Andrew (Ellverta, CA) and Michael of (Harrisburg, PA), and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his children Jeff (Anchorage, AK), Jereme (Havelock, NC), Julie and Joe (both in Seattle, WA) and their spouses, his grandsons Adonis, Alex, and Sebastian and his granddaughters Isabel, Nixie, Audrey, and Delilah.
Joe was employed as a technician for AT&T for 33 years, retiring in 2001 but found himself most fulfilled during his time volunteering. Joe's lifelong compassion for others came from growing up poor in the coal mines of PA and witnessing human suffering in Vietnam. He was grateful for every chance to help others and spent 39 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He took all opportunities to help those in his community as well, opening his home to neighborhood children and families often - providing a helpful respite to those in need.
Joe was a proud Vietnam Veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968, and was a member of American Legion Post 211 in Funkstown, MD. He was an active union proponent, a Liberal Democrat, and supporter of social justice having attended many rallies in Washington. He loved to fish, walk the canal, and bicycle. One of his favorite experiences was taking the Amtrak cross-country to Seattle.
After his diagnosis with Systemic Sclerosis Scleroderma in 2003, Joe was the first successful test subject of a trial in Pittsburgh using his own stem cells. He is thankful to the taxpayers who funded the program for giving him so many more years to spend with his family and volunteer work.
The family will receive friends Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:30am at Douglas Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd N, Hagerstown, MD 21742. The Celebration of Life will be held at 12pm the same day at Bears and Bulls, 38 S. Potomac St. Hagerstown, MD. No head-to-toe black; dress to polka.
Joe has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Scleroderma Foundation .

Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com








Joseph "Joe" Andrew Dill, 74, passed on to his Lord on September 6, 2018 at his home. Born January 14, 1944 in Hollsopple, PA, Joe was the seventh child of Joseph and Anna Dill. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Dorthy, brother, Kevin, and nieces Patricia, Nancy, and Deborah Hansen. Joe is survived by his sisters Mary Hansen (Valparaiso, FL), Joanne Felix (California, MD), Helen Rullo and Ann Schossler (both in Johnstown, PA), his brothers Andrew (Ellverta, CA) and Michael of (Harrisburg, PA), and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his children Jeff (Anchorage, AK), Jereme (Havelock, NC), Julie and Joe (both in Seattle, WA) and their spouses, his grandsons Adonis, Alex, and Sebastian and his granddaughters Isabel, Nixie, Audrey, and Delilah.
Joe was employed as a technician for AT&T for 33 years, retiring in 2001 but found himself most fulfilled during his time volunteering. Joe's lifelong compassion for others came from growing up poor in the coal mines of PA and witnessing human suffering in Vietnam. He was grateful for every chance to help others and spent 39 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters. He took all opportunities to help those in his community as well, opening his home to neighborhood children and families often - providing a helpful respite to those in need.
Joe was a proud Vietnam Veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968, and was a member of American Legion Post 211 in Funkstown, MD. He was an active union proponent, a Liberal Democrat, and supporter of social justice having attended many rallies in Washington. He loved to fish, walk the canal, and bicycle. One of his favorite experiences was taking the Amtrak cross-country to Seattle.
After his diagnosis with Systemic Sclerosis Scleroderma in 2003, Joe was the first successful test subject of a trial in Pittsburgh using his own stem cells. He is thankful to the taxpayers who funded the program for giving him so many more years to spend with his family and volunteer work.
The family will receive friends Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:30am at Douglas Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd N, Hagerstown, MD 21742. The Celebration of Life will be held at 12pm the same day at Bears and Bulls, 38 S. Potomac St. Hagerstown, MD. No head-to-toe black; dress to polka.
Joe has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Scleroderma Foundation .

Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com
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